EU evangelists need to provide answers

One of the results of the polarisation resulting from the Brexit referendum is that a proportion of actors on both sides have reached a degree of evangelism over the issue which is close to a religion. Both have a tendency to skip over tricky issues by mumbling and...

Democracy is not a vanity project

In today’s Herald Tom Gordon has saved me doing a review of the damning report into the Scottish Government’s first Citizens’ Assembly. And, as with almost every independent assessment of this Scottish Government, it really is damning. Here are a few...

When every tool is a weapon…

When I was growing up a seminal moment for me happened in front of a TV screen. I had grown up with the ever-present Second World War movies that were on British TV so I was perfectly aware of atrocity and evil. But evil seemed like a historic thing, something that...

ScotWind makes hypocrites of the indy movement

Where’s Professor Gavin McCrone when you need him, eh? His report on how Scotland’s oil wealth was denied to the nation has become like a seminal text for the independence movement. It’s part of a catechism of what it is that the independence...

Britain: it’s all hypocrisy and triviality

I fear Scotland going to be trapped inside the UK for some time yet – and what a place to be trapped it is. A flurry of stories in the last day or two really sum up the state of the nation. The stories are filled with hypocrisy and triviality. It’s almost as if...

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